A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Me and Jesus Got Our Own Thing Going

But it's about much more than me and I am not at the center of the much more. Scot McKnight writes,
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The soterian gospel smacks too often of the very thing it seeks to fight: that is, it is often selfish and it rides, ironically, on the waves of liberalism. The essence of liberalism was the reshaping of Christian theology through the grinder of modernity. Authority shifted in liberal theology from the tradition (Scripture, orthodoxy, creeds, confessions) to a more subjective orientation and used cultural progress to measure the good and true.

The ultimate sign of Western liberalism's rise in culture was the happiness movement of the 17th-19th centuries, during which time — and you can read all of this in Darrin McMahon, Happiness: A History — Enlightenment thinking and the development of science led to the belief that humans could each become happier and happier, and a Golden Age would arrive.

My contention is that soterian gospel was formed in the push of that era, and the soterian gospel is the approach to the gospel I criticize in The King Jesus Gospel. It is too much shaped by a selfish concern of what God has done for me.
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Scot's entire post, "The Soterian Gospel as Selfish,"can be read here.

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